Liverpool will pay whatever it takes to sign top 26-year-old defender – report

Liverpool are ready to pay £70m for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk if the Saints are receptive to offers, according to reports in England

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Twitter

Liverpool are happy to pay whatever it takes to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports in England.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Reds are prepared to break their transfer record for a third time this summer to get the Saints captain.

Liverpool spent £39m on AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah last month before the Merseyside outfit agreed a £48m deal to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita next summer.

According to the article, Liverpool are determined to sign the Netherlands international to bolster their defence ahead of their return to the Champions League group stage.

But the same story reveals that the Reds are worried Southampton will not entertain any offers for the 26-year-old despite entering the final few days of the summer transfer window.

If that is the case, Liverpool will have to wait until January or next summer to sign the former Celtic defender.

Liverpool have also signed Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson.

The Reds were 4-0 winners against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday thanks to goals from Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge at Anfield.

The Merseyside outfit finished in fourth place last term.

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